ICRC lauds remarkable achievements at Calabar port

ICRC lauds remarkable achievements at Calabar port

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The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), has lauded the remarkable achievement of Calabar Port despite inherent challenges.

The Director-General, Mr Michael Ohiani, stated this when members of the commission visited the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and terminal operators in Calabar, Cross River State.

Ohiani said that despite inherent infrastructure challenges, the port had been able to find innovative ways of doing business.

The ICRC chief executive officer said the visit was to live up to its commitment to monitor activities of concessionaires in the port facility.

”This visit will enable us to ensure that concession agreements signed with the Federal Government are complied with.

”Our visit is part of our regulatory functions to see if terminal operators are complying with their responsibility as entrenched in the concession agreements,” he said.

Ohiani further said the commission will find out the challenges facing the operations of the port.

Responding, the Calabar Port Manager, Mr Olumati Festus, thanked the ICRC team for the visit, describing it as a good omen.

He said that although there were challenges in the system, the port authority had been doing its best to remain afloat.

”The state of the Calabar Port channel is the reason bigger vessels are not coming to the port. This is making the facility to be underutilised,” he said.

The manager said that the deplorable road network connecting Calabar and other states was making difficult for clients to patronise the port.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team also had a brief facility tour at Integrated Logistics Services (Intels),

They also visited Shoreline Logistics Nigeria Limited (SLNL) and Ecomarine Terminal Nigeria Limited

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